Impact analysis and consultation

On 22 March 2024, WHS ministers agreed to Safe Work Australia’s recommendations relating to the ban on the use of engineered stone under the model WHS laws. Read the Ban on the use of engineered stone webpage for more.

Transitional Arrangements

The ban is set to come into effect on 1 July 2024 in most jurisdictions. Jurisdictions will need to implement amendments to their own WHS laws to give effect to the ban on the use of engineered stone. For questions about transitional arrangements and the implementation of the amendments in your jurisdiction, please contact your WHS regulator.

In February 2023, Safe Work Australia provided the Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Managing the risks of respirable crystalline silica at work to Commonwealth, state and territory WHS ministers for their consideration. The report outlined options to manage risks from respirable crystalline silica at work and was informed by extensive stakeholder consultation and independent economic impact analysis. 

On 28 February 2023, WHS ministers agreed to Safe Work Australia’s recommendations to address workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica through national awareness and behaviour change initiatives, and further regulation of high-risk crystalline silica processes for all materials across all industries (including engineered stone). Safe Work Australia is currently working to implement these recommendations. 

WHS ministers also requested Safe Work Australia undertake further analysis and consultation on the impacts of a prohibition on the use of engineered stone.

Prohibition on the use of engineered stone

In August 2023, Safe Work Australia provided the Decision Regulation Impact Statement: Prohibition on the use of engineered stone to Commonwealth, state and territory WHS ministers for their consideration. The Decision RIS was published on 27 October 2023, and outlined options to prohibit the use of engineered stone. it was informed by stakeholder consultation, independent economic analysis, and an expert review of evidence.

WHS ministers met on 13 December 2023, and agreed to Safe Work Australia’s recommendation to prohibit the use of all engineered stone, irrespective of crystalline silica content, to protect the health and safety of engineered stone workers. Read about the prohibition on the use of engineered stone to learn more. 

A series of questions and answers about the impact analysis and consultation are available.

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